Don’t Go to Linden Court Alone!
Typical Linden drug charges are possession of marijuana (NJSA 2C:35-10(a)4 and drug paraphernalia (NJSA 2C:36-2). These are categorized as “disorderly persons offenses” in New Jersey. Each charge carries up to 6 months in jail, a $1,000 fine, and a mandatory 6 month driver’s license suspension. For these charges, your case will likely be heard in the Linden Municipal Court. Best to speak with an experienced defense attorney before appearing in Linden Municipal Court for a drug arrest or DWI.
Linden – New Jersey
The area Linden now occupies was first explored by Europeans in 1609. It was originally formed as a township in 1861, from portions of Elizabeth, Rahway and Union Township. In 1925, it was incorporated as a city, replacing Linden Township and Linden Borough.
Together with Elizabeth and Rahway, respectively, it is home to a ConocoPhillips refining facility, and to Merck Co., one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.
The city has a total area of 11.2 square miles. As of the 2010 Census, there were 40,449 residents, up from 39,394 in 2000. Almost a fourth (26.3%) of the residents is foreign-born (12.9% Europe, 10.8% Latin America).
The most common ancestries are Polish (18.0%), Italian (10.3%), Irish (9.0%), German (6.8%), West Indian (4.4%), and Portuguese (3.1%). In 2000, the ethnic composition was 66.08% White, 22.80% African American, 14.40% Hispanic or Latino of any race, and 2.35% Asian.
The age breakdown in 2000 was 22.5% under the age of 18, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years.
In 2000, 29.0% of the households had minor children living with them. Almost half (46.7%) were married couples living together and 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present. Households of non-families and of individuals accounted for 33.0% and 27.9%, respectively. Households with someone living alone 65 years of age or older were 13.6%.
The median household income in 2000 was $46,345. It increased to an estimated $55,461 in 2009. The per capita income rose from $21,314 in 2000 to an estimated $26,374 in 2009. The median family income was $54,903 in 2000. The median house or condo value in 2000 was $152.100. This rose to an estimated $325,219 in 2009. Approximately 6.4% of the population was below the poverty line. The January 2011 cost of living index was 19.0% higher than the national average.
Linden Criminal Defense
In 2010, the Police Department had 154 full-time law enforcement employees, including 125 police officers. The N.J. State Police Uniform Crime registered 1,498 major crimes in 2010. This results in a crime rate per 1,000 residents of 37.0 and a violent rate of 2.9. There were no rapes. The 2010 reports included 2 murders, 84 robberies, 31 assaults, 201 burglaries, 374 cases of domestic violence, 1 bias crime and 154 cases of police force.
Independent data for 2010, which do not consider bias crimes, domestic violence or police force, show the same statistics for murders, robberies, assaults, and burglaries, plus 1,034 thefts, 2 arsons and 145 motor vehicle thefts.
The 2010 data for educational level of residents age 25 and over reveal that 17.72% did not complete high school versus 42.61% who did. Those with some college or associate’s degree represented 23.89%. Holders of a bachelor’s degree were 10.67% versus 20.65% statewide. Those with a graduate degree were 5.11% versus 12.05% statewide.
From 2005 to 2009, half of the male population engaged in transportation and warehousing (16%), manufacturing (13%), construction (11%) and retail trade (8%). Females worked in health care and social assistance (20%), manufacturing (17%), and retail trade (11%).